Curtis Davies would understand if Gareth Barry chose to leave Aston Villa in a bid to progress his career.
The Villa captain has two years left to run on his current contract but has been widely linked with a move away from the Midlands.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with the midfielder and Davies - currently on loan from West Brom and sidelined with an Achilles injury - accepts that Barry may leave Villa Park to further his career.
"I was captain of West Brom last season and chose to move on to progress my career," he said.
"I obviously want him to stay. He's a terrific example on the pitch to all our players.
"But if Gareth decided he wanted to play in the UEFA Champions League next season, I wouldn't hold it against him.
"After what I've done, I'd be a hypocrite to say otherwise."
Davies also backed Barry to captain England with manager Fabio Capello set to continue to rotate the skipper's armband as part of a policy that will see him name the permanent captain ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.
"If the armband is being passed around, I don't see why Gareth should not have his chance," Davies concluded.